SOURCE: Material Technologies, Inc.

April 19, 2006 16:05 ET

Material Technologies Gets Strong Interest From International Railroads

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2006 -- Material Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: MTNA) ("MATECH") announced that it has received very strong interest from worldwide railroad organizations concerning its patented Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor (EFS) system.

Railroads, both domestic and international, are always challenged by maintaining assets that are constantly subjected to very heavy fatigue loads. These repeated loadings are well known and documented to cause cracking in metal components. The primary interest in MATECH results from its EFS system which can detect actively growing cracks.

In addition to being the only known practical technology to detect growing cracks, EFS can detect growing cracks as small as 0.01 inches -- much smaller than any other practical inspection system. These EFS attributes make it very desirable for railroad applications.

MATECH will be demonstrating its EFS system at the Association of American Railroads Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) in Pueblo, CO in early May 2006. This demonstration, which will showcase EFS capabilities to both domestic and international railroads, will provide a unique opportunity for all parties involved. Dr. Brent Phares, MATECH's Director of Marketing, said, "TTCI has unique testing facilities that will allow us to clearly show the capabilities of the EFS. We are excited for the opportunity because of the interest that this demonstration has brought together."

The EFS is the only non-destructive testing technology that can find growing cracks in metals, and cracks below the surface, as small as 0.010 inches. This critical information will allow engineers to fix the specific problems in most need of repair, and also verify that repairs are effective in halting further fatigue crack growth, by determining that previously found fatigue cracks are no longer growing. By being able to prioritize needed repairs using EFS, significant cost savings can be realized.

Interest in MATECH's EFS system has been spurred by the recent $286 billion Federal Transportation Bill which allocated $5 million to help states evaluate non-destructive methods such as EFS to test growing fatigue cracks in steel bridges. The nation's aging bridge infrastructure system is a major cause for concern, with more than 100,000 of the 200,000 steel bridges in the U.S. classified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

MATECH is engaged in the research and development of metal fatigue detection, measurement, and monitoring technologies. As such, the Company has developed a suite of devices for the non-destructive testing of metal fatigue and monitoring of structural integrity. These technologies can be applied in virtually any industry in which metal is a significant structural component; i.e.: Bridges, Aerospace, Railroad, Oil & Gas, Construction, Shipping, etc.

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